This Mother's day, take the opportunity to share the gift of natural hair with your mother at Twists & Locs Salon. If you are in your 20's or 30's your decision to wear your hair natural might be a tough concept for your mum to get her head around.
Of course she had short hair growing up like all of us but something happened to her.
They are the generation that wore afros and sang 'I'm Black and Proud'. However once that Black power and black consciousness was no longer fashionable, society changed them. It made them believe natural hair was not professional, was low class and was something mature and responsible people didn't sport.
Think about it. The generation that listened to James Brown and Jimmy Cliff are the ones that are often quick to criticize us when we even contemplate going natural. Yes, there are a few who never bought into the perm and weave mind set, but for many straight hair is the modern option. It is in fact the only acceptable option.
Luckily for them and us, as they are aging and getting more health conscious they have started to wonder. They are learning about the extent of damage that chemically processing their hair over all these years did to them. They are sadly loosing their hairline and experiencing balding as a result of the harsh chemicals. They are encouraged by the growing number of their peers who are wearing their hair natural or very short confidently and colorfully. In short, they are thinking seriously about returning to their natural roots.
This mother's day have a conversation with your mother about her natural hair. Try to understand the reasons for her choices and if she has been too scared to try, encourage her to take that bold step.
Young girl with doll. A James Barnor Original photo from the 1970s
We are here to support and to give them the attentive care they require as they make this transition.
We'd love to hear some of the stories they share with you. How did your mother first react when you decided to go natural? Has she shared with you stories and tricks that they used to care for their hair back when they were children?
We look forward to reading your comments.
Remember to stay beautiful, naturally, of course.